Federal retirement benefits under attack ... again

Govexec reports that Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) and Doug Lamborn (R-CO) will introduce a bill to get rid of budget caps at the Department of Defense ... while cutting Social Security and federal retiree benefits (by changing the way cost-of-living increases are calculated), more than doubling the amount federal workers pay toward their pensions, and eliminating the FERS supplement for employees who retire before they are eligible for Social Security. These retirement-cutting proposals were also endorsed by President Obama in his 2014 budget. This act is labeled the "Provide for the Common Defense Act."